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No Beef! 2 Pistols & Chot Perform in Largo, FL

From DJ Smallz:

No Beef! 2 Pistols & Chot Perform in Largo, FL

No Beef! Formal rivals in Tarpon Springs, FL, 2 Pistols & Chot Perform together for the first time their hit "She Got It" in Largo, FL at Gasoline Alley.

Once signed to Universal Republic via Grammy Award Winning Producers, The J.U.S.T.I.C.E. League, 2 Pistols is the latest member to sign to Cash Money.

DJ Smallz Seeks Rap Artists Amongst Military For New Project

From DJ Smallz:

After embarking on his first USO Tour to Afghanistan and Kuwait last august with Grammy nominated hip hop recording artist Paul Wall, DJ Smallz is set to release a military inspired "Southern Smoke" mixtape project titled "Call of Duty", starring hip hop's brightest stars serving in active duty.

Named in November's issue of XXL Magazine as "one of hip hop's most sought-after DJs", DJ Smallz is seeking the nation's best talent (hip hop and R&B) amongst the military's four branches - Army, Navy, Marines, and U.S. Air Force.

Artists interested in this opportunity, may submit a link to their best song at

"Call of Duty" cover artwork:

Athletic Mic League's Unreleased "RU???" Video

From Stephanie Estes:


I got a little somethin' for the dome....and your ears!

Athletic Mic League’s “RU???” video freshly liberated from the Ahptic vaults. This 2004 Unreleased video, is from AML’s “Jungle Gym Jungle album.

The six emcees of Athletic Mic League came together while still attending high school in Ann Arbor, MI. Known then as the Anonymous Clique: Buff1, 14KT, Grand Champ, Texture, Tres Styles, and Vital joined forces with DJ Haircut aka Mayer Hawthorne and after two years of love and support from the local hip-hop community they made it official and AML was born.

YouTube: .

14KT created a 'Foolin' Around' Remix of Team Player 2 off Jungle Gym Jungle. Listen below..

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Feel free to blog it, share it, and rip it!

“Jungle Gym Jungle”, and the rest of the Athletic Mic League’s catalog is available on iTunes! 

Slaughterhouse Heading Out on European Tour

Crooked I, Royce Da 5'9", Joe Budden and Joell Ortiz will be heading out to Europe as the crew has announced their European tour

This is in support of their Slaughterhouse album.

"The stage will be brought down like it always is," Joe Budden announced in a statement. "This is what we live for, see you there."

For the dates and locations of the tour, check below.

Wednesday, January 20 Amsterdam, Holland Melkweg
Friday, January 22 Hengelo, Holland, Metropool
Saturday, January 23 Stockholm, Sweden Gota Kollare
Sunday, January 24 Warsaw, Poland, The Fresh
Wednesday, January 27 Copenhagen, Denmark, Loppen
Thursday, January 28 Bergins Norway, Verftet
Friday, January 29 Trondheim, Norway, Kjopmannagata
Saturday, January 30, Oslo, Norway, Bla
Sunday, January 31 Helsinski, Finland Virgin Oil Co.
Tuesday, February 2 Prague, Czech Republic Lucerna Music
Wednesday, February 3 Budapest, Hungary A38
Thursday, February 4 Vienna, Austria, Planet
Friday, February 5 Zürich, Switzerland Dynamo
Saturday, February 6 Biel, Switzerland Coupole

Source: HipHopDX

RADIx (Quite Nyce and SEEK) Show This Saturday

From ProTalent:

This Saturday, January 9th 2010 RADIx (Quite Nyce and SEEK) will perform their first show in over 8 months as the two veteran emcees have been focusing on their solo ventures. This show will be a prelude of things to come as they have announced more shows, more records, and touring in 2010. Make sure you come out and support this event. PROMO VIDEO for January 9th show in Worcester, Ma.

89 Green Street
Worcester, MA
Doors@ 9PM
Flyer Below

Quite Nyce - Through My Eyes

SEEK - Separation

SEEK Debut LP featuring EDO G, Esoteric, and amazing production. To Purchase CLICK HERE

Quite Nyce - Through My Eyes Digital Release (2ND Solo Release)
To Purchase CLICK HERE

Pharrell Williams Writes Original Music For "Despicable Me"

From Jane Kim:

“I love cartoons and animation, and I’ve never seen such incredible 3-D CGI.  To score Despicable Me along with Hans and Heitor and write original songs for the film is a dream come true.” - Pharrell Williams



Williams Will Also Compose the Film Alongside Oscar®-Winning Composer
Hans Zimmer and Heitor Pereira

UNIVERSAL CITY, CA – January 5, 2010 – It was announced today that three-time Grammy Award winner and internationally renowned singer, songwriter, producer and designer Pharrell Williams will write original music for Universal Pictures and Illumination Entertainment’s upcoming 3-D CGI feature Despicable Me.  This marks the first time The Neptunes and N.E.R.D. artist will compose music for a film.  He is joined in the feature’s composition duties by Oscar® winner Hans Zimmer and Heitor Pereira.

Despicable Me, which stars the vocal talents of Steve Carell, Jason Segel, Russell Brand, Will Arnett, Kristen Wiig, Danny McBride, Miranda Cosgrove, Jack McBrayer, Mindy Kaling, Jemaine Clement and Julie Andrews, arrives in theaters on July 9, 2010.

In addition to the title track for Despicable Me, which debuted with the feature’s teaser trailer, Williams has already begun to write the film’s orchestral score as well as several other songs to be incorporated into the score.  Chris Meledandri (Ice Age, Ice Age 2: The Meltdown, Robots, Dr. Seuss’ Horton Hears a Who!) is producing Despicable Me through his new company – Illumination Entertainment, which has a longterm partnership with Universal to deliver live-action and animated all-audience films for the Universal slate.

About his involvement in the project, Pharrell Williams said: “I love cartoons and animation, and I’ve never seen such incredible 3-D CGI.  To score Despicable Me along with Hans and Heitor and write original songs for the film is a dream come true.”

“Pharrell is one of the most important contemporary songwriters, Hans is one of the truly great film composers and Heitor is the next generation of Hans’ protégés.  This is an extraordinary teaming of talent,” said Meledandri.  “With every note they write, our film is being enriched.” 

About Despicable Me

In a happy suburban neighborhood surrounded by white picket fences with flowering rose bushes, sits a black house with a dead lawn.  Unbeknownst to the neighbors, hidden beneath this home is a vast secret hideout.  Surrounded by a small army of minions, we discover Gru (voiced by Steve Carell), planning the biggest heist in the history of the world.  He is going to steal the moon (Yes, the moon!) in Universal’s new 3-D CGI feature, Despicable Me.

Gru delights in all things wicked.  Armed with his arsenal of shrink rays, freeze rays and battle-ready vehicles for land and air, he vanquishes all who stand in his way.  Until the day he encounters the immense will of three little orphaned girls who look at him and see something that no one else has ever seen: a potential Dad.

The world’s (second) greatest villain has just met his greatest challenge: three little girls named Margo, Edith and Agnes. .

About Universal Pictures

Universal Pictures is a division of Universal Studios (  Universal Studios is part of NBC Universal, one of the world’s leading media and entertainment companies in the development, production and marketing of entertainment, news and information to a global audience.  Formed in May 2004 through the combining of NBC and Vivendi Universal Entertainment, NBC Universal owns and operates a valuable portfolio of news and entertainment networks, a premier motion picture company, significant television production operations, a leading television stations group and world-renowned theme parks. NBC Universal is 80% owned by General Electric, with 20% controlled by Vivendi.


DESPICABLE ME - In Theaters July 9, 2010!

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Blockhead Preps New Solo Album "The Music Scene" for 1/12

From Terrorbird Media:

Blockhead Preps New Album!
"The Music Scene" is Out January 12th on Ninja Tune

New York hip hop producer Tony Simon aka Blockhead returns with his third and best instrumental album for Ninja Tune.

Blockhead has long made beautiful, emotive music based around the hip hop template, but on "The Music Scene" he elevates his craft to another level. Tony puts it down to the use of Ableton, which means that rather than working from "one basic beat and building off it" (the standard hip hop model), he has begun stringing together multiple beats and weaving them together into increasingly complex, surprising and satisfying pieces of music. As he himself puts it, "I made each song a little more of a musical journey than anything I have ever done before."

Blockhead's ambition to "tell stories without words" is evident from opener "It's Raining Clouds" onwards. The tune starts off as classic downtempo and ends up almost drum and bass, the music having changed and fallen away, echoing back through itself and feeding into previous themes at least three times. It's an epic in an album of epics.

At the heart of the record is the remarkable "The Daily Routine" - an exploration of drug addiction (based around a found recording of drug addicts arguing), Blockhead says "it's pretty much the creepiest song I've ever made." "Four Walls," meanwhile aims a musical broadside at the current vogue for autotune. "Which One Of You Jerks Drank My Arnold Palmer" is huge ambient space rock hip hop. "The Prettiest Seaslug" is Bahia-beat on opium. "Tricky Turtle" begins as afro-blaxpoitation, turns into a voodoo orgy and ends somewherte in the Middle East. "Farewell Spaceman" starts off sounding like an outtake from "Bewitched" and ends as an ecstatic, chugging flight off into the stars.

While "The Music Scene" represents a development in Blockhead's work, he still holds true to his basic beliefs about music and rhythm. When not working on his new album he has been providing production for Aesop Rock, DJ Signify, Joanna Erdos and many more, plus remixes for Yameen and Chin Chin, amonst others. Whereas the music scene is "a bastardized version of something that was already watered down," Blockhead's "The Music Scene," like his career as a whole, is "the opposite of that." By re-working, chopping and melding samples, by blending them together, Blockhead restores rather than dilutes their purity.

'The Music Scene'
OUT 1/12
Ninja Tune


1. It's Raining Clouds
2. The Music Scene
3. Only Sequences Change
4. Which One Of You Jerks Drank My Arnold Palmer?
5. Attack The Doctor
6. The Prettiest Sea Slug
7. The Daily Routine
8. Tricky Turtle
9. Four Walls
10. Pity Party
11. Hell Champ
12. Farewell Spaceman

Pre-Order Link: .
(limited sticker set included with cd preorder)

Blockhead on Myspace: .
Ninja Tune: .

WEB - Return Of The Bad Guy (Open Bar Season)

From WEB:

This is the first installment of my new weekly freestyle series with Kevin Nottingham titled, "Open Bar Season". I will be dropping one per week for the next 52 weeks. Nothing more to it than that really. WEB & I.D.e.A's Marvelous World Of Color coming soon!

Wes Fif - "I'm Tellin Ya" Music Video

Remember Wes Fif's "Tiger Woods? He's back with another new song!

MC LARS: "Reaping Beauty" f/ Beefy, Random and Tina Root

From Random a/k/a Mega Ran:

MC LARS: "Reaping Beauty" f/ Beefy, Random and Tina Root

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